Lambrecht maintains no to arms deliveries to Ukraine


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Christine Lambrecht (SPD), Minister of Defense © Michael Kappeler / dpa

In the debate about possible arms deliveries to Ukraine, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is sticking to a no.

Berlin – There is a “consensus in the federal government” that arms deliveries are “currently not helpful” given the acute situation, Lambrecht said in an interview with the “Welt am Sonntag”. The federal government must do everything to de-escalate the crisis. At the same time, Lambrecht announced the delivery of a complete field hospital to the Ukraine.

The field hospital will be handed over to Ukraine in February, “including the necessary training, all co-financed by Germany with 5.3 million euros,” said Lambrecht. In addition, the federal government has already supported Ukraine by supplying ventilators. Injured Ukrainian soldiers would also be treated in Bundeswehr hospitals.

With a view to increasing calls for arms deliveries to Ukraine, Lambrecht said she understood “that they want to support Ukraine”. But Germany is already doing this. Most recently, representatives of the coalition partner FDP in particular have called for the federal government’s restrictive position on arms deliveries to be reconsidered.

Lambrecht described the current situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border as worrying. “When more than 100,000 Russian soldiers are massed right on the Ukrainian border, it’s an extremely threatening situation. We’re alarmed, we see the danger – and we’re doing everything we can to avert it.”

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